Essay on The Death Penalty Should Be Abolished
Since the dawn of man, we have been executing people for various crimes. We have sadistically stoned adulterers, drowned witches, burned heretics at the stake, the list of these heinous executions goes on and on. As the years went on, the ways in which we executed became more humane, but that does not take away from the fact that this morbid tradition is wrong (Costanzo 1-7). The death penalty is an extreme policy that must be abolished.
People of different religious status, society rank, and job positions agree on one thing: capital punishment should be obliterated. Illinois’ former governor states, “I think it’s the right and just thing to abolish the death penalty and punish those who commit heinous crime—evil people—with life in prison without parole or any chance of release. Cardinal Joseph Bernardin agrees and says, “…means other than the death penalty are available and can be used to protect society” (Falsani).
Bishop William Lori goes as far to say that capital punishment diminishes society and falsely teaches that it is okay to take a life to protect another. St. Pope John Paul II’s Evangelium Vitae states, “Punishment ought not to go to the extreme of executing the offender, except in cases of absolute necessity: in other words, when it would not be possible otherwise to defend society.” The letter goes on to clarify that these cases “are very rare if practically nonexistent” (Death Penalty Debate).
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